Piece description from the artist
This is the first of a series of four paintings called "dissipative structures". I began the series on 9/11 as I felt like I had to DO something and wasn't sure what to do. Art making has often been a refuge for me when life gets chaotic. Something about just being in the studio and painting calms me down and creates some space where I can then engage with whatever challenges I am facing in a stronger, more centered way.
Zalman Berkowitz was born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised by a strong, determined single mother in the Sonoran Desert.
Zalman’s earliest fine art studies emphasized the craft of painting. He is fascinated by color and shapes that seem to change, or occupy multiple dimensions simultaneously. His earliest color investigations were based on the combinations found in the desert environment—wildflowers, mountains and sunsets.
Zalman began painting with oil in 1996, and has had the good fortune to work with several excellent teachers. Zalman’s art practice continues with painting and began incorporating mixed media and performance poetry in 2000.
He is based in Tucson, Arizona and travels widely for the arts.